How small can they really get a transistor?

For the past few years Intel kept making the transistors in the processors smaller and smaller. I remember reading something about atoms being about 1nm big. Wouldn't they reach a limit soon? Also come to think of it, how big is a processor without the heat spreader and the pins, just the silicon?
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  1. Tis why there is quantum computing....
  2. Atomic radii are measure in 0.01-0.2 nm and a bit more, but certainly not as big as 1 nm. I guess theoretically they could scale the transistor to just a few atoms, i.e. less than 1 nm.
  3. amuffin said:
    Tis why there is quantum computing....






    But how well does it overclock?
  4. melikepie said:
    But how well does it overclock?

    Won't need to OC.
  5. amuffin said:
    Won't need to OC.


    Most people don't NEED to overclock now. There will always be a WANT to OC :bounce:

    Mactronix :)
  6. ^^ +1 to mactronix.

    People do like to get the most out of their money
  7. jaideep1337 said:
    ^^ +1 to mactronix.

    People do like to get the most out of their money

    I was wondering why do you have a overclocked CPU when your running with a 550 ti?
  8. melikepie said:
    I was wondering why do you have a overclocked CPU when your running with a 550 ti?



    A. Because he can

    B. Because a PC does more than just play games

    Mactronix :)
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